J. Phys. IV France
Volume 10, Numéro PR5, March 2000
The 1999 International Conference on Strongly Coupled Coulomb Systems
Page(s) Pr5-219 - Pr5-222
The 1999 International Conference on Strongly Coupled Coulomb Systems

J. Phys. IV France 10 (2000) Pr5-219-Pr5-222

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2000537

On the dynamics and stability of imploding wire arrays

M.A. Liberman

Department of Physics, Uppsala University, Box 530, 75121 Uppsala, Sweden, and P. Kapitza Institute for Physical Problems, Russian Academy of Sciences, 117334 Moscow, Russia

The experimental evidence made in SANDIA that the use of a large numbers of wires in the wire-array load enables to generate very high X-ray power stimulates to reconsider stability of the wire array implosion. Z-pinch implosions of cylindrical arrays of parallel wires driven by the magnetic forces generated by currents through the wires are studied. Growth rates of the instabilities are calculated and complete classification of possible instability modes is presented. For the relatively small number of wires, the wire arrays tend to develop a helical structure due to growth of the tangential modes of perturbations. Such a helical structure causes the increase of the load inductance and this can explain the discrepancy between the observed X-ray energy radiation and the kinetic energy of the imploding array calculated in 1D MHD model.

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